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LIZA GETS A ‘HERO’S WELCOME’ FROM PINOY COMIC BOOK FANS AT TOYCON 2017

Fans gave Liza Soberano a ‘hero’s welcome’ fit for this generation’s newest Darna as the sought after actress graced the recently held ToyCon 2017 at the SMX Convention Center, where ABS-CBN also formally launched the Ravelo Komiks Superheroes merchandise.

Liza drew the loudest cheers as she formally opened the event via a ribbon cutting ceremony alongside international stars such as Stefan Kapicic from “Deadpool,” Lindsey McKeon from “Supernatural,” Karen Fukuhara from “Suicide Squad,” Charlie Bewley from “Twilight,” and Kevin Mcnally from “Pirates of the Carribean.”



“I’m very happy to be with people who keep our comic industry alive because this is where Darna really started,” said Liza.

Aside from ToyCon attendees, Liza also got the chance to finally meet the Ravelo family when she visited the Ravelo Komiks Superhero booth that featured not only Darna, but also Captain Barbell and Lastikman merchandise plus the licensed statues of Darna, Captain Barbell, Lastikman, and Valentina.

“They were really warm and they welcomed me to the Mars Ravelo world. I am really happy to meet them and I hope one day I can pass the legacy and make them proud,” shared Liza.

As a gift, the Ravelos gave Liza the first four panels of the first Darna Komiks with a dedication that read, “The magical stone has been passed on to many and after a long search, luckily you have been chosen to continue Darna’s courage and greatness. Thank you for accepting!”




To cap off her visit, Liza had a meet-and-greet with select fans and gamely posed with them for selfies.


Another highlight in the ToyCon 2017 is awarding of the Pinoy Pop Culture Icon to Mars Ravelo for his significant contributions in the comic industry.

When asked what she thought of portraying Darna, the young actress admitted that doing action is totally new to her and that she is excited to start filming the project.

“I am very excited but I am also nervous because it’s the first time that I would be doing anything like this. I have always been doing romance and comedy films. Doing an action film for the first time is something different and something I am excited to tackle. I am very excited for everyone to watch it,” she explained.


Watch out for Liza as she takes flight as the newest Darna in the movie to be directed by Erik Matti under the production of Star Cinema.

LEGO Friends: The Power of Friendship

LEGO Friends is a product range of the Lego construction toy designed primarily for girls. Introduced in 2012, the theme introduced the "mini-doll" figures, which are about the same size as the traditional minifigures but are more detailed and realistic. The sets include pieces in pink and purple color schemes and depict scenes from suburban life set in the fictional town of Heartlake City. In the initial wave of sets, the larger sets include bricks that can build a veterinary clinic, a malt-style café, a beauty salon and a suburban house; smaller sets included a "cool convertible," a design studio, an inventor's workshop and a swimming pool.

LEGO Friends theme center around five best friends, each with their own unique personality, who live in the beautiful Heartlake City, where there are lots of cute animals to take care of, shops to visit and houses to live in.

Get to know the five core characters—named Andrea, Emma, Mia, Olivia and Stephanie!





Stephanie is a confident natural leader. She is very social, creative and organized. She loves planning events, parties, and soccer. She also enjoys talking to people, writing stories and dancing ballet as well. Her signature colors are white, magenta and light pink, and her favorite food is cupcakes.


Olivia is an environmentalist who enjoys science, nature, and history. She also enjoys inventing, hiking, taking pictures, school and drawing. She is also a caretaker of a newborn foal. Her signature colors are pink, purple, and white. She is very intelligent and focused, yet at times clumsy.

Emma is the fashionista of the group, Emma is a very stylish and trendy girl who loves style. As shown in the sets she appears in, she enjoys fashion design, making jewelry, interior design, makeovers, English horseback jumping and karate. Her signature colors are purple and pink. She is very fashionable, yet sometimes forgetful and unable to speak up for herself.

Mia is the animal lover of the group, Mia is also a vegetarian. She enjoys taking care of and spending time with animals. She also excels at sports, training animals and drumming, and enjoys riding horses, camping and magic tricks. Her signature colors are light blue, green, and purple. She is very caring and athletic, yet somewhat stubborn.

Andrea is the musician of the group. She is a talented singer and great at making up her own songs. She loves anything that pertains to music: singing, playing the piano, dancing, and drama/theater, and is also a great cook, as she works at a café, as well as a loving for bunnies. She is practical, yet at times overly dramatic. She is sometimes a little full of herself, but she normally learns her lesson.


About The LEGO Group

The LEGO Group is a privately held, family-owned company with headquarters in Billund, Denmark, and main offices in Enfield, USA, London, UK, Shanghai, China, and Singapore. Founded in 1932 by Ole Kirk Kristiansen, and based on the iconic LEGO® brick, it is one of the world's leading manufacturers of play materials.

Guided by the company spirit: "Only the best is good enough”, the company is committed to the development of kids and aims to inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow through creative play and learning. LEGO products are sold worldwide and can be virtually explored at www.LEGO.com.


For more news from the LEGO Group, information about our financial performance and responsibility engagement, please visit http://www.LEGO.com/aboutus.

“RESET” OPENS IN CINEMAS NATIONWIDE

Experience the action, drama, and thrill as one woman goes back in time to keep her son alive in the Jackie Chan-produced film “Reset,” exclusively distributed by Star Cinema in cinemas nationwide.



Topbilled by Asian superstars Yang Mi and Wallace Huo, “Reset” follows the journey of Xia Tian (Yang Mi), a young mother who just cracked the mystery behind time travelling.

Her discovery, however, comes with a price, as terrorists led by Tsui Hu (Wallace Huo) want to get a hold of the time travel formula she unlocked. They then kidnap her son and demand that she hands over the formula capsule as a ransom. Xia Tian succumbs to their demand and steals the capsule, only to have her son killed by the heartless terrorists.

To bring him back to life, Xia Tian goes back in time and does everything to prevent his son from suffering the same fate. Will she succeed in her mission?
 
“Reset” promises to take viewers on a heart-stopping action adventure with exploding skyscapers, car stunts, mind-blowing special effects, and stylish combats. Adding to that are several unpredictable twists that got the Chinese movie community abuzz weeks before the movie’s release.


Aside from “Reset,” Star Cinema also distributed foreign movies such as “The Last Word” starring Amanda Seyfried and Shirley MacLaine, and “Kung Fu Yoga” starring Jackie Chan in local cinemas early this year.

Catch “Reset” exclusively distributed by Star Cinema in cinemas nationwide. For more information, visit http://starcinema.abs-cbn.com/movies/reset.

John Lloyd Cruz takes on new role of becoming Western Union’s Global Ambassador for Overseas Filipinos



It was indeed a sunny day taking part on the event of Western Union held at Marriot Hotel where Western Union stakeholders, partners and members of the media welcomed John Lloyd Cruz as Western Union’s Global Ambassador for all overseas Filipinos around the world who are sending money for better.

Batman v Superman: A battle for supremacy like no other



It was indeed a clash for supremacy between two of the world’s greatest super heroes, a monumental collision to gain the trust and confidence of the people of the world as to who will be their ultimate savior.



But the night belonged to guests of Devant, makers of the most technologically advanced and smart TVs in the country today, for the special block screening of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” last Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at the posh Greenbelt 3 Cinema 5 in Makati City.

Devant’s corporate partners, bloggers and other VIPs all showed up in an exciting evening to be among the first to watch the thrilling and most anticipated movie event of the year, where Batman and Superman clash in an epic collision for supremacy and power.

5 Competencies to look for in a Philippine President



                
In the world of human resources, recruiters go through a tedious process of selecting the right people for a certain job. They do not just select the best person based on what is written in their resumes, but rather, they also look into the competencies.

Competencies are the knowledge, skills, abilities and motivations needed in order for a person to succeed in a job and absence of these may lead to failure.

If you think that competencies have nothing to do with electing the Philippine president, think again.

The People Management Association of the Philippines (PMAP), in partnership with one its member companies SGV-Development Dimensions International (DDI), conducted a research and identified five (5) presidential competencies required for the job of the Philippine president. This was envisioned to help strengthen the democratic process in the country and help voters make a better decision in choosing a candidate who is most competent and capable of accomplishing the duties and responsibilities of the president effectively.  
  
At the end of the research process, PMAP and DDI identified the following competencies: Navigator, Mobilizer, Inspiring Leader, Servant Leader, and Guardian of National Wealth, Patrimony, and Law and Order.
             

2016 Summer Courses by Bert Lozada Swim School

Bert Lozada Swim School (BLSS), the country’s largest swim institution, announced the programs and schedules for their 2016 courses that provide personalized and group teaching instruction to infants, children and adults through the Bert Lozada Swim System.  The BLSS teaches water safety and survival techniques as well as helps conquer one’s hydrophobia. Under the Bert Lozada Swim System, every student surely acquires the basic skills in survival swimming. At BLSS, everyone can swim.


BLSS Chief Operating Officer Angelo Lozada shared, “2016 is our 60th year and we are excited to welcome both old and new students into the Bert Lozada Swim System this summer in over 60 of our venues nationwide!”  BLSS has a pool of competent staff composed of educators and coaches, some of who are members of the World Swimming Coaches Association (WSCA) and certified by the Australian Council for the Teaching of Water-safety and Swimming (AUSTSWIM).